In spite of suffering various incidents in Africa I still love the place. There was a mass attack of soldier ants in Ghana (it was a good thing one of our party was smoking as that’s the best way to get them off your back, snap their bodies off, then apply burning cigarette to the neck to open the huge pincers without tearing); a deadly snake bite (the fangs were not quite long enough to reach my bloodstream); a scorpion sting ( hurt like f*** but not dangerous); a death threat from my guide in Mali when I told him I was dissatisfied with his service (the police took him away eventually); two motorcycle accidents in Egypt (one led to a bizarre court case in front of wildly excited Egyptians where at no point was I informed of my charges and when the judge asked me “Are you innocent?” I did not respond with the obvious “Of what?” I said “Yes” and was released immediately.
Tip: when things are going your way in Africa don’t ask questions, enjoy! And if things go wrong stay calm, polite and slip the nearest, most senior policeman a generous ‘gift’!
Still…cautious travellers would probably do well to focus on Africa’s highlights: I would suggest individuals can manage perfectly well in Morocco, Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Zanzibar. Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Madagascar and perhaps Mozambique wildlife safaris would be better done as a package due to logistic challenges of finding and following the wildlife along with some local security concerns.